The LLSB Guide To Saving A Skate Spot: The Interviews

The Long Live Southbank Guide To Saving A Skate Spot Following on from the Kingpin Magazine article where LLSB give an insight into how to save your skate spot and run a successful campaign, here we publish our conversations with other campaigning groups we have worked with: Black Blocks in Atlanta, Drug Store in Norwich, Chopper […]

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'SKATEBOARD NOTTINGHAM: Skateboarding and Nottingham's Development' by Chris Lawton

‘SKATEBOARD NOTTINGHAM: Skateboarding and Nottingham’s Development’ by Chris Lawton, 2016.     We’re stoked that LLSB keeps inspiring people and putting on pressure on local government to stop their habit of undemocratic support of consumerism over culture through draconian limited vision and self-serving politicians. Skateboarding is not a crime.  We’re gassed to read how an […]

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'LONG LIVE SOUTHBANK: An Exploration into the Skateboard Community’s Relevance to Public Space Governance in London' by Stuart Maclure

‘LONG LIVE SOUTHBANK: An Exploration into the Skateboard Community’s Relevance to Public Space Governance in London’ by Stuart Maclure, 2016.   Over the past 3 years Southbank and LLSB have featured in numerous student essays and dissertations across the UK and around the globe. We’re stoked to read how an inspired generation wants to make […]

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Southbank Space ~ guest blog by Sarah Jane Cullinane

As a non-skateboarder, my long-standing support for the LLSB campaign was not born of athleticism or active participation in the sport. Initially I simply respected the efforts of a community to defend its assets and stake a rightful claim to space. I was further impressed by the strength and collaboration of the community and greatly […]

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LLSB speaks at World Town Planning Day 2014: Who has a right to the city?

LLSB was invited by the Royal Town Planning Institute to speak at  their ‘Who has a right to the city?’ event as part of World Town Planning Day 2014, hosted by New London Architecture at The Building Centre in London on 4th November 2014.   To read the event review click here: http://rtpilondoncalling.wordpress.com/2014/11/11/event-review-world-town-planning-day-2014-who-has-a-right-to-the-city/   Long Live Southbank full […]

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Southbank versus Southbank: Facade and Authenticity, guest blog by Andy Day

Merry-go-rounds and deckchairs, fake grass and street performers, graffiti alongside gaudy paintwork, food served from carts strewn with colourful bunting, and row upon row of second hand books; for tourists and residents alike, the South Bank is a magical part of London. A walk alongside the river brings playful, unexpected encounters that give a feeling […]

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'Open Space' forum; Open to interpretation

An ‘Open Forum’ was held this weekend by The Southbank Centre where 500 people specifically invited by them were asked to attend a discussion in which “the participants create the agenda themselves on the day”. LLSB attended the weekend forum in an observational capacity to monitor the ethics, fairness and integrity – especially given the […]

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Look Familiar? The Festival Wing and other failures

In March 2013, the Southbank Centre unveiled dramatic plans to transform the complex of buildings comprising the Hayward Gallery, Purcell Room and Queen Elizabeth Hall (QEH), including the creation of new roof gardens, a glass pavilion and ‘liner building’, and critically, the infilling of the Undercroft beneath the QEH – used for decades by skateboarders, […]

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The Guardian: Architects sketch a new space for South Bank skaters

Angular shards of concrete lie marooned beneath the bridge like fragments of an ice floe cast adrift. There are low stretches of railings at odd angles and little flights of steps to nowhere. The floor is traversed by fissures and cracks, while sloping banks accommodate abrupt shifts in level. It looks like the urban planner […]

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